Trout Fishing Setup - What Do You Really Need?


If you’re fishing for the first time or have experience in fishing other freshwater fish (not trout), you may need help deciding what setup you need in order to enhance your chances of catching trout. 

The majority of brown and rainbow trout are caught in rivers, streams and smallest ponds or lakes. The average trout usually weighs around 5lbs or under. Although they’re not as big as a largemouth bass or musky, they still put up a fight, making it an enjoyable and exciting sport. 

A typical trout set up will include (click on the link to skip to that section);

> Rod/Pole
> Reel
> Line
> Bait
> Lures

This article will provide you with information regarding what you’ll need in order to fish for trout as well as some product options to buy before heading to the water. 

Trout Fishing Poles/Rods


When searching for a specific fishing pole, they tend to be broken down into four sections, type, length, power and action. When looking to purchase a trout pole, you will need a specific spinning pole. The length of them vary, you should look for one between 5’5ft and 7ft in length. In regards to the power rating, you should be looking at an ultralight - light specification. The ‘action’ should be within the fast category. 


The majority of the time, anglers will use a spinning rod when fishing for trout. The only exceptions will be when you’re trolling when lak trout fishing or if you’re casting when using heavy lures in larger lakes or rivers. 
Using a spinning setup when fishing for trout will allow you to use a variety of light baits and lures. This is how the majority of trout are caught, using the ‘normal’ equipment will increase your chances of having a successful trout fishing day. 


The length of the rod you decide to purchase will ultimately depend on the place you’ll likely be fishing. 
Smaller waters such as rivers and streams will require a shorter rod, whereas larger waters such as lakes will require a longer rod. Most anglers will buy a shorter rod as these can usually be applicable to larger waters. 
A 6ft or 6.6ft rod is the most popular when fishing for trout. If you’re fishing larger rivers or trolling, a 7ft rod will do the job nicely. 


In regards to power, this means the rating that describes how big a lure and line it is designed for. When fishing for trout, you’ll only need an ultralight or light rating pole. 
When fishing for trout and using light lures, if you’re using a heavier or more powerful polem, the casting will become a real issue. There will not be enough weight which will make the control and accuracy of your cast non-existent. 


This is best described as the ‘bend’ in the pole and how much load it can sustain. The best action for trout fishing a fast action rod. This means the bend in the pole will start further down towards the reel. This allows the pole to have more tip sensitivity and feedback.

Using a fast action pole reduces the ability to cast longer, however when fishing for trout it is very rare that you’ll need to cast longer distances. 
If you’re purchasing a rod and reel for the first time and want a multi purpose one. I’d recommend purchasing something around 6 feet long, with a medium action. 

Trout Fishing Reels


When fishing for trout, most anglers will decide to use a spinning reel. When deciding on a spinning reel, we recommend a size 1000 up to 2500 will be suitable. These reels are the ideal design for the rods/poles we described above as they are designed to hold a light line (2lb-6lb) which is used for trout fishing. 

Most fishing reels last for up to 5 years when well looked after. If you have it cleaned and serviced frequently, some reels can last as long as 10 years. 

If for some reason you’re having to use your reel for saltwater fishing as well as fresh water. It is a good idea to clean it straight after use and these reels are not designed to protect it from the salt. 

These are the top 3 recommended trout fishing reels of 2020;

> Piscifun Flame Spinning Reel
> Daiwa BG Spinning Reel
> Kastking Freshwater & Saltwater Spinning Reel

Trout Fishing Line


When deciding which line to use for trout fishing, it can be a trial and error and personal preference. However, from previous experiences and discussions with other anglers we can provide you with some guidance. 

A monofilament line is a good choice as any 6lb breaking strain line used on a spinning reel should 

Braid line will be a mistake when fishing with a light rod and reel. The thin diameter of the line will inhibit your ability to cast as it will tend to overlap in layers that are already on the spool. Braid line usually come in brighter colors too. Trout are easily spooked and therefore sticking with a simple monofilament line is a wise choice. 

Trout Fishing Bait


There are 1000’s of different types of bait that come in different shapes, sizes and colors. Worms, grasshoppers, minnows, leeches, eggs, insects, frogs and crayfish. There are also a wide variety of artificial bait that are specially manufactured such as powerbait. 
It is important to note, the place you’re fishing may have bait restrictions and this can influence your choice of trout bait. 
Natural baits seem to work well when fishing for brown or brook trout whereas rainbow trout tend to respond better to artificial baits. Typically, using spinners or spoons tend to be the norm when fishing for trout. 

Trout Fishing Lures


As mentioned above, spinners and spoons tend to be the number one choice of lure when fishing for trout. Taking a wide variety of colors and designs with you allows you to experiment and see what the fish are responding best too. 
These are examples of spinners and spoons.

Now you’ve got an idea of the trout fishing setup, there’s only one more thing to do…. Get out on the water and catch that record breaking fish!

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